Pacific Islands Entrepreneurship Expo: Building a Sustainable Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in the Pacific Islands

United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)
What is it?

Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) globally play a crucial role in job creation and GDP growth. Entrepreneurs in the Pacific region are not just economic contributors but also problem-solvers and innovators addressing critical challenges.

In January 2023, the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) initiated the “Pacific Entrepreneurship Roundtable” to foster information sharing, program coordination, and leveraging the strengths and networks of international development organisations working in the space. 


The event had several key objectives.

• Raising awareness about entrepreneurship as a viable career choice, especially for youth and women.

• Providing practical tools and information to empower entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs.

• Enhancing visibility and access to finance for startups and entrepreneurs allowing them to showcase innovations and business plans to potential investors.

• Facilitating networking opportunities to connect enterprises with investors, financiers, and like-minded businesses.

• Demonstrating strong regional cooperation among development partners in pursuit of meaningful impact in the Pacific.